Portman Free Trade Agenda Robs Hancock County of Est. 2,000 Jobs

Cooper Tire Has Lost an Estimated 1,000 Jobs to Portman-Style Free Trade

COLUMBUS – U.S. Sen. Rob Portman announced a stop at Cooper Tire in Hancock County today, but what Portman didn’t tell Ohioans is that his free-trade agenda has robbed an estimated 1,000 jobs from Cooper Tire and an estimated 2,000 jobs from Hancock County.

Senator Portman’s outsourcing agenda has cost Hancock County more than 2,000 jobs – nearly 700 to Mexico and Canada alone after Portman called NAFTA a proven success,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokeswoman Jennifer Donohue. “Now Senator Portman wants to talk tough on China when he let our trade deficit with China soar 20 percent on his watch. And while Portman collects campaign checks from Washington special interests who support his outsourcing agenda, it’s Ohio workers who pay the price.”

Portman, the former top trade negotiator for President George W. Bush, has voted for every single free trade agreement that’s ever come before him. Just recently, Portman was caught Fast-Tracking the massive, new Pacific Trade Agreement without bothering to read it.

Five Facts Portman Doesn’t Want Hancock County to Know

  1. Cooper Tire has lost an estimated 1,131 jobs to imports and outsourcing, according to Trade Adjustment Assistance numbers. [Public Citizen, TAA Database, Accessed 8/24/15]

  1. The town of Findlay has lost an estimated 1,800 jobs to imports and outsourcing, according to Trade Adjustment Assistance numbers. [Public Citizen, TAA Database, Accessed 8/24/15]

  1. Hancock County has lost an estimated 2,093 jobs to imports and outsourcing, according to Trade Adjustment Assistance numbers. [Public Citizen, TAA Database, Accessed 8/24/15]

  1. 683 of those jobs were outsourced to Canada or Mexico after Portman championed NAFTA. [Public Citizen, TAA Database, Accessed 8/24/15]

  1. While Portman was U.S. Trade Representative from 2005-2006, the trade deficit with China soared up $228 billion, an increase of more than 20 percent. Yet Portman failed to crack down on China’s unfair trade practices, even drawing criticism for his inaction from the libertarian Cato Institute.  And as a result, Ohio workers lost jobs: A 2014 study showed that Ohio had lost more than 100,000 jobs due to the trade deficit with China –  77,000 in manufacturing alone. [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 12/11/14; Economic Policy Institute, 12/11/14]

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